Chris Watts “smothered” his two daughters and four-year-old Bella “fought back for her life,” the prosecutor said when he revealed the gruesome details of the murders of his family.
Chris was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke told the courtroom how he “annihilated” his entire family, including his pregnant wife Shanann and their daughters, during his Monday, November 19 sentencing.
Rourke described the murders of Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
“They both died from smothering. Let me say that again. The man seated to my right smothered his daughters,” the DA said.
“Imagine the horror in Bella’s mind as her father took her last breathes away. Your Honor, understand very clearly Bella fought back for her life.”
While Chris refused to look up during the proceedings, Rourke revealed how her little body was harmed.
“The connective tissue between her upper lip and her gum had a centimeter and a half laceration," he explained. "She bit her tongue multiple times before she died. She fought back for her life as her father smothered her.”
Her younger sister, Celeste, “had no such injuries. In fact, she had no external injuries at all. According to the medical examiner she was smothered as well.”
Rourke described how Chris killed Shanann.
“The defendant strangled her to death with his own hands. We know that he slowly took her life the morning of August 13.”
The DA said the evidence contradicted Chris’ version of events.
“This was not done in an uncontrolled vengeful manner that he tried to describe to agents from the CBI and the FBI. You would expect to see vicious horrible bruising about her neck, shoulders and face," Rourke said. “You would expect to see some kind of defensive wound on his body as she struggled, fought for her own life. None of those were present. The only wound on her body was what appeared to be finger mark bruising to the right side of her neck.”
Rourke described how Chris disposed of their bodies.
“He drove them to a location where he thought no one would ever find them," he explained. "He insured they would not be together even in death. Bella and Celeste were thrown away. He took these little girls and put them through a hatch in the top of the oil tank eight inches in diameter.”
The DA described the wounds on the older child.
“Bella had scratches on her left buttocks from being shoved through this hole," he said. "A tuft of blonde hair was found on the edge of one of these hatches.”
And Chris’ callous description of putting the bodies in the tank was repeated by the DA.
“The defendant told investigators Bella’s tank seemed emptier than CeCe’s because of the sound the splashes made. These were his daughters!”
Rourke said that Chris “He had a desire for a fresh start. To begin a relationship with a new love. While Shanann texted the defendant over and over again attempting to save her marriage. You don’t annihilate your family and throw them away like garbage!"
Chris’s attorney gave a short statement, saying, “He is devastated by all of this. Although he understands that words are hallow at this point, he is sincerely sorry about all of this.”
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